Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
The May meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will be held on Tuesday, 3 May, in Haller Hall (our usual meeting room). Our speaker will be Kevin Downey. Kevin is known to many BMC members as a local mineral dealer specializing in high quality specimens. His mineral business, “Well Arranged Molecules”, can be found at selected mineral shows including the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February, the East Coast Gem and Mineral Show (Springfield) in August and several local club shows. Kevin began collecting minerals at age 9 and had his first exhibit course at an AFMLS show at age 12. He eventually financed some of his college degree by selling his collection. After studies in Geology he began a long avocation exploring, mapping, documenting and helping preserve caves worldwide. Professionally, Kevin owns and runs a photographic studio specializing in advertising and commercial projects. He provided the following description of this new presentation.
Colombia is a country with vast mineral wealth (mostly untapped) and a diverse geology. The Andes Mountains include rainforests, deserts and snowcapped peaks. Colombia is best known for producing the world’s best Emeralds but otherwise is not yet especially known for great mineral specimens. Seeking minerals there is especially complicated by the rugged terrain, poor infrastructure, lack of existing "mineral culture" and especially the many various armed conflicts. Travel to remote mines, many of which are illegal, is a complex but exciting way to hunt minerals. As some areas become somewhat safer and the armed conflicts move to other regions we have been able to source fine collector grade specimens. It is an area with a promising future and an exciting present.
In keeping with the topic of the presentation, Boston Mineral Club members are encouraged to bring in mineral specimens in their collection from Colombia and the other South American countries whose geology includes the Andes Mountains (i.e.: Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile). The BMC display case will be available to display your mineral specimens.
As discussed at our April meeting we are moving the start time of our meetings up by 30 minutes. The objective of this change is to end our meetings sooner to make it easier for our enthusiastic young members to attend on a school night. It will also allow members who have long drive home to participate in more of the meeting. As a result the Harvard Mineral Museum now will be opened for us from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be available starting at 7:00 PM and the meeting will formally begin at 7:30 PM with a short business meeting before starting the presentation. The business meeting will include the recognition of Sarah Nelson. Sarah is one of our two scholarship recipients for 2016.
All of our meetings are open to the public. Members are encouraged to invite a friend to attend and see what the club is all about.
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